Blue Bell country club
by Martin D. Emeno, Jr.
Jules Quinones’ path to volunteerism mirrors that of many other Golf Association of Phila- delphia volunteers. A self-proclaimed “golf junkie,” Quinones, 47, of Souderton, Pa., tries to find his way to the green grass of Blue Bell Country Club, where he is a 10-year member, or any other golf course for that matter, as much as possible. A three-year volunteer rater, Qui- nones’ helping hands came courtesy of a friend who already donated time to the organization. “My relationship with the Golf Association of Philadelphia began when I discovered that fellow
Blue Bell Country Club member Bob Harris had been rating clubs for 15 years. He encouraged me to
apply, and about one year later I got the call.” Quinones appreciates the opportunity to play the various
venues his defined duties require; however, it’s the finer side of rating that keeps Quinones engaged.
of the guys I was with dared me to try out for the
golf team. So I tried out for the team and made it.
I remember you had to read the rule book and get
70-percent correct on a rules test in order to actually
stay on the team. I squeaked by. I’ve been hooked
What’s your favorite part of volunteering/
“I find the most fulfilling thing about volunteering
is the opportunity I get to meet new people. It’s also
a great way to network and learn more about the
Philadelphia area golf scene. As an insatiable golf
junkie, my favorite part of rating the course is to
play it and try to gain greater insight.”
vation to become involved with course rating.”
What’s your most memorable volunteer/
course rating moment?
“My most memorable moment came when I got
the call to rate Saucon Valley, the Grace course.”
What’s your most memorable moment as
“I’ve had a couple of memorable moments. I shot
a below-par 69 at Fox Hollow Golf Course awhile
ago. In 2009, I won my division of the Spring Net
Championship with an even-par gross score of 71.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to win the club
championship at Skippack [Golf Club at Evans-burg State Park] and twice at Ledarach Golf Club.
My goal is to now win one at Blue Bell.”
Why did you get into course rating?
“My initial motivation to get into course rating was
to gain a greater understanding on the issue of por-tability of handicaps. I find the challenge of adjusting a player’s handicap index according to the
relative difficulty of the golf course being played
intriguing. Of course, getting the opportunity to
play our area’s great golf courses was another moti-
Who’s your favorite golfer (amateur or
professional) and why?
“I have a few. For style, Ian Poulter. For everything else, Jack Nicklaus. Is there any one better?
As club professionals go, Steve Wahal at Blue
Bell is the best.”
Favorite aspect of the Golf Association of
“Besides volunteering, my favorite aspect of the
Golf Association of Philadelphia is the camaraderie of the GAP Team Matches and the tournaments.
That’s what stands out most for me.”
How did you get started in golf?
“I was at the Burholme Golf Range when I was
in high school [at Cardinal Dougherty] and some
Martin D. Emeno, Jr. is the editor of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine. He has been with the
Golf Association of Philadelphia for 13 seasons and also
serves as the organization’s Director of Operations.